Thomas Murray (57)


Jonathan Smith (59)
Curtis Allen (81)


Jay Magee and Sean Noble (Picture: Philip Magowan/


Glentoran responded well to going a goal down to secure all three points from this trip to Carrick Rangers.

The Glens made all the early running with a Karl Hamill volley being blocked while Marcus Kane directed a header from an Eric Foley cross straight at Brian Neeson.

Carrick's best chance of the scoreless first half came when Sean Noble and Lee Chapman combined to produce a good save from Elliott Morris while, for the Glens, Chris Lavery teed Jonathan Smith up but Neeson easily gathered.

T.J. Murray opened the scoring for Rangers on 57 minutes with a looping header from Chapman's cross.

But, moments later, the Glens levelled when Smith volleyed past Neeson after Curtis Allen had flicked the ball on from a Salou Jallow cross.

Allen fired Glentoran in front with nine minutes remaining from six yards after Stephen O'Flynn did well to turn in the box before laying the ball off.

Carrick Rangers: Neeson, Smyth, McVey, McNally, McCullough, Rice, Kelly, Quigley, Chapman, T.J. Murray, Noble subs McAllister (replaced Quigley 65), Elder (replaced McCullough 89), McConnell (not used), Morrow (replaced Noble 77), Taggart (not used)

Glentoran: Morris, Kane, Magee, Allen, Lavery, Hamill, Foley, McAlorum, Addis, Smith, Jallow subs Cafolla (replaced Smith 84), Sterling (replaced Allen 90+2), O'Flynn (replaced Lavery 64), Delaney (not used), McLaren (not used)

Referee: Ross Dunlop

Attendance: 583

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